About the Author
During his brief 27 years, Yi, Sang (born Kim, Hae-Gyeong in Seoul, 1910) produced poetry, fiction and essays that introduced innovations in form and language and delved into the complexities of passion and the indeterminate nature of self. Educated in schools run by the Japanese colonial authorities, he encountered the works of the European avant-garde that served as the basis for his own experimentations. Yi, who suffered from tuberculosis, died in Tokyo, where his illness was worsened by a period of imprisonment on charges of thought offense." In 1977, the Yi Sang Literature Prize, recognizing high achievement in Korean fiction, was established in his honor.